fibromyalgiaSome are effective, some are promising, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.

First, the details.

  • There were 14 studies of cognitive-behavioral therapy and operant-behavioral therapy.
  • 5 studies of relaxation, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy
  • 2 of writing intervention

And, the results.

  • The strongest research support for fibromyalgia pain is with cognitive-behavioral therapy and operant-behavioral therapy.
  • Relaxation as a single treatment has not been useful.
  • Hypnotherapy and writing intervention have mild treatment effects.
  • Psychological treatment is effective in fibromyalgia pain.
  • No studies of psychoanalytic therapy to treat fibromyalgia pain have been published.

The bottom line?
The authors believe more research is need.

A more recent review came to the same conclusion due to the poor level of study design in available research

11/20/09 20:38 JR; updated 6/29/11 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.